How to become a Homeopath
- Price: £5.99
- Published: October 2015
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- What qualifications and skills are required?
- What are the key market issues and trends?
- What are the main trading issues?
- Further information
Homeopaths supply treatment and remedies for a range of health conditions including asthma, food allergies, dermatitis, arthritis, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems, and to improve general health and wellbeing. Homeopathy is not widely available through the NHS, and most patients pay for their treatment privately.
All medicinal products, including homeopathic remedies, must be authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) before they can be placed on the market. Most remedies are classified as General Sales List (GSL) medicines, meaning they can be distributed by 'lay' homeopaths (those with no medical qualifications) outside pharmacy premises. Manufacturing is dominated by just five companies, with market leaders Boiron and Nelsons producing nearly one third of all remedies sold in the UK.
Homeopathy is not statutorily regulated in the UK. However, homeopaths who belong to a professional association such as the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHTs) or the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA) can register with the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT), one of two voluntary regulators for the UK's complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) sector. Although registration with the GRRCT is not mandatory, it demonstrates the homeopath's qualifications, training and professional standards. Homeopaths can also join the Society of Homeopaths (SoH), which is the leading professional association representing this type of CAM in the UK.
This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a homeopath. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.